The Academic Program Review (APR) Office

The APR Office oversees and monitors all components of the APR process at the University of New Mexico and assists academic programs in the preparation of a Self-Study Report, organizing and preparing for a site visit from a review team, and engaging in action planning.

The purpose of the APR process is to emphasize the unit’s continuous improvement and the development of reliable evaluation methods and measures. In addition, the APR process provides an opportunity for all academic units at the University of New Mexico to assess their prior achievements and goals, and to use this evaluation as input for future planning and goal-setting activities.

The APR Process is necessary for the university’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association in order to satisfy their accreditation criteria. The university was last accredited in August 2019, with the next reaccreditation scheduled for 2028/29. Materials related to these accreditations by the HLC can be found at UNM HLC Accreditation 2018-19. The organization’s ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement.

The results of the comprehensive review process are important for planning, curriculum change, professional development, budget and time allocation decisions, and more broadly, for examining how the program presents itself within the university community and to the public. The APR process will evaluate the quality of the unit and describe how it serves its various stakeholders (the university, its students, its discipline, the community, and the state, etc.).

To learn more about the assessment process at the University of New Mexico, please visit

APR Manual Eighth Edition

APR Manual 9th Edition

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Documents & Templates

APR Process Web Application

UNM Assessment Website